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Arsenal Open Talks Over £26m Di Maria Deal But Suarez Holds Key To Striker Search

Arsenal have opened talks with Real Madrid over the £26m signing of Angel Di Maria but Luis Suarez holds the key to their chances of landing Karim Benzema.

With the summer transfer window in full swing, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Arsenal open talks for Di Maria.

Angel Di Maria Real Madrid

Arsenal have opened talks with Real Madrid over the £26m signing of Angel Di Maria but Luis Suarez holds the key to their chances of landing Karim Benzema, according to reports today.

It’s been a hugely frustrating summer for Arsenal having missed out on several top targets so far, despite boss Arsene Wenger understood to have a sizeable transfer kitty at his disposal. The Frenchman has vowed to be active in the market over the remaining 8 days and fans may not have to wait much longer to see the first big-name signing arrive in north London if reports today are accurate.

Both Marca and Goal claim that the Gunners have opened talks with Madrid over the signing of Di Maria and have been given encouragement that a deal can be struck as they are prepared to off-load the Argentinean attacker to make room for Gareth Bale.

The 25-year-old’s place in Carlo Ancelotti’s starting eleven will come under serious threat when the Welshman arrives, so a move to the Emirates could now be on the cards.

However, the report suggests that the Spanish giants have told Arsenal that any move for Benzema is reliant on them securing a replacement first, with Liverpool’s Luis Suarez understood to be on their radar.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers admitted last week that’s he’s anticipating late interest from Madrid but feels it’s too late in the window to do a deal as he doesn’t have enough time to find a replacement. When asked about late interest from Madrid in Suarez, Rodgers told the Guardian on Friday:

“I’m sure there will be plenty of activity in these last number of days. It is what it is, and we will deal with it like we have during the summer.

“It’s very difficult at this time [for a Suárez bid to succeed]. We are trying to get one or two more quality players in through the door. If we lose Luis at this stage it would be difficult to replace him. There might have been a point a few months ago where there was time to do it but with 11 days to go it would be difficult to replace him.”

Suarez remains unsettled at Anfield and the club may find it more appealing to sell him abroad rather than to a domestic rival like Arsenal, but as Rodgers says they too would have to find a replacement for any deal to take place, which won’t be easy.

So it looks as though Arsenal could be closing in on the signing of Di Maria but may have to rely on Liverpool finding a replacement for Suarez for them to have any chance of landing Benzema.

It’s shaping up to be an interesting final week of the transfer window, and Arsenal are likely to be one of the more active clubs. Can they pull off a sensation double swoop on Madrid? We’ll have to wait and see….

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Do you think Arsenal have any chance of signing Di Maria and Benzema? Would Gunners fans like to see them arrive in north London? Share your views below.



  1. atid

    August 25, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    2 forwards – di maria & ???
    2 midfielders – cabaye & flamini
    2 defenders – richards & williams
    1 keeper – ???

    We need to remember that we can only sign 5 non-homegrown players. Unless of course we sell, de-list or loan out any of the current 12 non-homegrown players with diaby fabianski and podolski seeming the most likely.

  2. Mack

    August 25, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    The headline should read “but John Henry holds the key to striker search”. What is Arsene smoking? Selling Suarez to Real to facilitate Arsenal’s purchase of Benzema is as bad as selling Suarez to Arsenal ! IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN ! Rumour is Liverpool have agreed a new contract with Suarez to be signed the day after the window closes! A pay rise and a buyout clause with an agreed fee to any club abroad is included.

  3. James Russell

    August 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Deluded Wenger, there’s no chance of Suarez going to Arsenal that’s for sure,his chances of signing for Real madrid are also very slim unless Real madrid at this stage of the transfer window offered stupid money +players. arsenal have just defeated Fenerbache(very very average)and Fulham, snd it’s given a wee respite till Spurs show where you really are as in having any chance of winning any this year or the near future for that matter so enjoy your weeks reprieve monsieur you’ll be whinging again next week with a real good reason too.

    • Dusu Benjamin

      August 25, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      U are just a retard!! Hoping arsenal will loose every match but god is bigger than u hater. Go to hell n burn to ashes after arsenal beat totts.

    • Sir Henry

      August 26, 2013 at 1:46 am

      Retarded spuds fan.
      What pile of gobshyte you are. Transfer all your deluded energy towards supporting your team, they’ll need it when the get a hammering from the Arsenal next weekend!

    • Brook

      August 26, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      Russell, you really think spurs will hold Arsenal back. ha ha ha… you don’t give up ,do you? spurs had thier chances for the last 3 years and they couldn’t use them. You without Bale are nothing!

  4. Redhotlouie

    August 25, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Liverpool hold the power to all these transfers ! If Suarez goes it will start a merry go round and arsenal would be the winners out of it all ! And liverpool will be the LOOSERS , so John Henry will not sell 1 of are main men , he will be here till next summer and if Madrid come in with a big early bid next summer he will probably go then , but defintley not now ! YNWA

  5. temigunga

    August 25, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    The mathematics proves that Arsenal is not going to sign any of those! Why should arsenal concentrate in those mathematical players? Are they only who can change the Arsenal look? I am worried of Arsenal focus!!

  6. Afc

    August 25, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Monsieur wenger will still make afc finish on top of Liverpool and Spurs just like every year with the same low budget team and suarez will go if not now but he will James. Fenerbache are in the champions league qualifications unlike Liverpool so I guess that average team is better than Liverpool. SUarez will leave because he knows Liverpool are crap so just accept Liverpool aren’t good enough for suarez.

    • Redhotlouie

      August 26, 2013 at 12:27 am

      Is this the same Monsieur wenger that 7 days ago almost every arsenal fan wanted sacked ??? Hahaha you’s make us all laugh keep it coming you lemon ! LOL

  7. dal

    August 25, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    midfield /defender,richards forwards-de maria/mata and make walcott stirker and play richards as mid/defender and then may be sighn flamni if he is any good and buy QPR GOALIE CEASER

  8. Allan1340

    August 25, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    They get a lot of money for player WHO wants to leave the club and do not forget that they are besunessman and money is every think for them, but my fear is at give Benzima to in part of deal to Liverpool they already must pay lot of money for Garet which they do not have as cash or Benzima to Tottenham which i am not surprize if that happend. Now question is what we can do if every thing goes wrong and there is no more time and no more top player back in market??????

  9. Afc

    August 25, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Benzema would not go to Liverpool or Tottenham. Neither of them are champions league teams. Arsenal are and willing to give cash and also Arsene Wenger is a manager that is French and has a reputation of making players better so why would benzema want to play for Rogers or AVB when there is Wenger?

  10. Liberty

    August 25, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Suarez going no where.ful stop

  11. Redhotlouie

    August 26, 2013 at 12:23 am

    AFC you can say what you like , like AFC fans have said all summer ( big mouths ) but top and bottom of it you’s will not get benzema unless Suarez gets sold ! You’s can keep on dreaming but he ain’t going no were ! Deal with it .

  12. kemeghen. emos

    August 26, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Arsenal cannot buy any player

  13. niko

    August 26, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Arsenal are in the chmps lge and willing to give cash??…guys what are you smoking?? what are you offering lvrpool for suarez are a joke.that tell a lot abt arsenal.just bring chaos to other team.

  14. niko

    August 26, 2013 at 4:33 am

    ARSEnal are deluded…YNWA

  15. liverpoolfanfrommyanmar

    August 26, 2013 at 5:23 am


  16. Naveen

    August 26, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Has anybody considered this? Last minute 60 mil offer by Real madrid. We obviously have no time to sign a replacement, so we make a player deal with Madrid and screw Arsenal out of the picture.
    Ozil and di maria / Benzema and di maria for Suarez. I’d take that.

  17. loius vegas

    August 26, 2013 at 7:48 am

    wenger is a wickd man is not ready to do any business, mr wenger remember the fans are not happy with u,heart breaker that is what u are,i bet u dis same players u are useing will break ur heart also

  18. Afc

    August 26, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I’ve never seen a club so desperate to hold on to a player. Suarez is a like the woman that shagged one of your friends and wants to shag more but you still keep begging him to stay with you. Does Liverpool have any pride what so ever? Desperate fools you lot belong on Jeremy Kyle!

  19. Taiwo

    August 26, 2013 at 9:42 am

    This is what am expecting after our cl play off against fenerbahce which by GOD GRACE we will qualify. I want uchida 4rm shalke,di maria 4rm r madrid, cabaye 4rm newcastle lewandowski 4rm dortmund, julio cesar 4rm qpr and flamini .that is all

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